What the heck is chronic high blood pressure really?

See below. Chronic high blood pressure [or hypertension] is persistance of high blood pressure on repeated readings by a health proffessional and generally needs evaluation and treatment to lower it by non medical measures and mesications to acceptable levels to prevent complications due to the effect of HTN on various organs of the body like kidney, heart and brain.

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What are the tests for chronic high blood pressure?

Automatic vs manual. Automactic blood-pressure measuring devices and manual ones are typically used for measuring your BP with a cuff. In the critically ill patient, a catheter maybe inserted in the blood vessel/heart to measure the pressure. Otherwise, there isn't much else. Chronic high BP can cause heart/kidney problems so we use ekg to check heart, ultrasound to check kidneys, but not measuring bp. Good luck.
A few blood tests. In addition to monitoring your blood pressure, you should have your cholesterol and blood sugar checked as high cholesterol and diabetes go along with high blood pressure often. Kidney function should also be monitored over time. A baseline ekg is helpful as well. An echocardiogram may be needed later in life to evaluate for heart failure.

What sort of disease is chronic high blood pressure?

Insidious. Chronic uncontrolled high blood pressure may produce no symptoms until a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, dementia, peripheral arterial disease, or kidney failure appear. Lifestyle and pharmacologic therapies are very effective in controlling the BP and the commensurate reduction in risk. See your doctor.
Genetic plus diet. Genetics plus age plus diet plus inactivity plus obesity or any combination of these.

What are the symptoms of chronic high blood pressure?

May be none. Uncomplicated high blood pressure is often asymptomatic. There may be vague symptoms of headache and if the blood pressure becomes too high, changes in mental status. Most of the symptoms arise from the complications, e.g., heart failure, myocardial infarction, renal failure, stroke, peripheral vascular disease etc.

What symptoms typically go along with chronic high blood pressure?

There are none. Hypertension (high blood pressure) typically has no symptoms. This is one of the things that makes it hard to treat. We treat hypertension to prevent strokes, heart and kidney disease. It is frequently involved in diabetes and obesity. People with obstructive sleep apnea often have high blood pressure. While it is associated with all of these diseases, it has no symptoms of its own.
Usually, none. Chronic high blood pressure, known as hypertension, is usually a disease without symptoms. That is why is is called " the silent killer". Some individuals may experience early morning headaches which may awaken them from sleep. Some may experience ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus. Additional symptoms may include fatigue or irritability. Chest pain or shortness of breath may occur.

I go to the doctor regular and im 21 weeks preg. I have chronic high blood pressure and take methyldopa twice a day. Could severe preeclamsia occur suddenly and me not know it or would there most likely be symptoms?

Yes, symptoms. Severe pre-eclampsia is most commonly defined by and associated with symptoms, such as headache, visual changes, and right upper abdominal pain. Usually severe swelling also may develop.
See below. High blood pressure is a risk factor for preecclampsia. Lower extremity swelling, edema, uncontrolled blood pressure, visual problems, stomach pain nausea vomiting. Protein in the urine and other blood abnormalities.